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NY hospital security officer charged with sexual abuse of minor

Healthcare Security Weekly, May 14, 2004

A security officer was arrested last week after allegedly molesting a 16-year-old patient in her room at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn, according to the New York Daily News.

Juan Leon, 25, faces charges of sexual abuse, forcible touching, and endangering the welfare of a minor. Following the arrest, the hospital fired Leon.

On Friday, April 30, while wearing his Health and Hospitals Corp. uniform, Leon allegedly fondled the girl, forced her to touch him, and unsuccessfully tried to lure her into a bathroom for sex, officials says.

The teen girl reported the alleged attack the following Monday.

A background check before employing Leon showed no criminal activity. After being hired less than a year ago, Leon completed a five-week training program, a Health and Hospitals Corp. spokesperson says.

This latest accusation raises new questions about security at New York City hospitals. In the last month, New York City hospitals were criticized after the rape of a 13-year-old patient at Bellevue Hospital by an ex-con and the arrest of a worker allegedly selling guns and drugs from a Bellevue Hospital locker.

Weeks later, Metropolitan and Harlem hospitals had back-to-back arrests of doctors accused of abusing patients.

After the Woodhull arrest, Health and Hospitals Corp. released a statement pledging "zero tolerance for this type of outrageous behavior."